Maternal and Infant Health Program Maternal and Infant Health Program

  SLC area: (801) 273-2871

  SLC area: (801) 274-0674

  Maternal and Infant Health Program
  P.O. Box 142002
  Salt Lake City UT

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Questions Commonly Asked about PRAMS

What is PRAMS?
PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) is a joint project between the Utah Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our purpose is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. To do this, our questionnaire asks new mothers questions about their pregnancy and new baby. Each year in Utah there are hundreds of babies born with serious health problems. Many of these babies die. We need new mothers’ help to find out why. No matter how their pregnancy went, their answers will help us learn more about ways to improve the health of future mothers and babies in Utah.

Will the answers to the survey be kept private?
Yes-all answers are kept private as provided by Utah State law. All answers given on the questionnaires will be grouped together to give us information on Utah mothers and new babies. No reports can be traced backed to mothers responding to the survey.

Is it really important that mothers answer these questions?
Yes, very important! Because of the small number of mothers selected for the survey, it is important to have everyone’s answers. Every pregnancy is different. To get a better overall picture of the health of mothers and babies in Utah, we need each mother selected to answer the questions. From the information mothers give to us, we may be able to improve health care for women and children in Utah. We need to know what went right as well as what might have gone wrong during pregnancy. All selected mothers’ help with the survey is really important to the success of our program.

Some of the questions do not seem related to health care-why are they asked?
Many things may affect a pregnancy. These questions try to get the best picture of new mothers’ health care and experiences during pregnancy.

How are mothers chosen to participate in PRAMS?
Mother’s names are selected by chance from the state birth certificate registry. About one in every 18 mothers in Utah will be chosen to help us in this study. All mothers’ participation with the PRAMS survey is entirely voluntary. There is no penalty or loss of benefits for not answering some or all of the questions.

PRAMS? How will information from the PRAMS survey be used?
PRAMS provides data not available from other sources about pregnancy and the first few months after birth. The information can be used to:

  • Help improve the health of Utah mothers and infants
  • Develop health programs and policies
  • Help health care workers improve care
  • Make better use of health resources

How can I help?
If you receive a PRAMS survey in the mail, please fill out the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope. Your answers can help to improve the health of Utah mothers and infants.

What Surveyed Mothers Say…

"Thank you for caring".

"I think this is a great idea. I hope it will help to make mothers and babies healthier in the future"

For more information…
Please call us at (801) 273-2874 in the Salt Lake metro area or at our toll-free number
(1-800-826-9662), and we will be happy to answer any other questions that you may have about PRAMS.